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Bookworm scholar of
Soviet history by day, madcap writer and entertainer by night...
and sometimes vice versa.


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(New Podcast)

Take a listen to this one-of-a-kind 4-episode narrative pod that can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts! With a terrific cast and crew, amazing music and soundscapes, and a really compelling story that spans seven decades, I am very proud to be able to share Hobo Code with the world :) If you like it, feel free to share it around!


of Oxford

I will be performing as the Duke in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Oxford Playhouse from May 15-18. The production is directed by the incredible Sir Greg Doran (Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Co. from 2012-2022) and is bound to be a blast. In our show, the Duke (aka me) does drag and offers a sparkling rendition of "Mambo Italiano". Don't miss it!

ASEEES Conference

In Nov-Dec 2023, I organized 17 leading theater scholars into a four-panel series on "Decentering Soviet Theatre" at the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies Convention in Philadelphia. I also presented a paper titled "Proteges on the Periphery: The Gulag Legacy of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold & Nemirovich-Danchenko"

Dragademia: Show & Tell

Saundra Lezzenbaum made her Oxford debut at the Jolly Farmers! Watch a clip RIGHT HERE

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